DC's Local News Live recently interviewed Alumni Board Treasurer Elizabeth Paal Goss '99. A Certified Financial Planner with Heritage Financial Consultants LLC, Elizabeth discussed the rising cost of higher education and provided tips for how parents can plan for their children's futures.
Elizabeth holds a B.A. from Sewanee, The University of the South. She's been with Heritage since 2010.
Congratulations to Patrick Scarborough '15 who was named an Equity Research, Sales, and Trading Intern at Roth Capital Partners. He previously completed an internship in private wealth management at Baird.
Patrick is a rising senior at Dickinson College where he is a member of the men's lacrosse team. He is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in economics.
The Class of 2023 will officially become Calvert alumni in eight days! On May 24, the class gathered on the Eighth Grade Patio to learn about the Alumni Association and their opportunities upon graduation. More than 30 members of the class registered for Calvert Connect where they will be able to network with other alumni when considering colleges, internships, and future jobs!
Congratulations to Josh Perry '96, this year's Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. With the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Alumni Board seeks to honor an alumna or alumnus who embodies the Calvert mission in their communities. The purpose of the Distinguished Alumni Award is to provide recognition tothose individuals in the alumni family who have distinguished themselves through professional accomplishments, service to the community or a philanthropic mission, or outstanding service to Calvert and/or the Alumni Board. Josh has distinguished himself in all of these ways and more. He is most deserving of this recognition.
Baltimore Museum of Art Curatorial Assistant Katie Cooke '06, who works with the chief curator and curatorial division, welcomed Tenth Age students to the Museum to see works by French and Spanish artists. Katie's mother, Calvert's Lower School French teacher Linda Cooke, joined her students for this enriching field trip. The students ended their visit with lunch in the BMA's Sculpture Garden.
Katie began working with the BMA in 2014. She has a B.A. degrees in art history and French from Wake Forest University.
Each year, Calvert graduates impressive alumni who are well-equipped to tackle the upper school phase of their educational journey. This year, the Class of 2023 decided to attend 14 different schools, highlighting their diverse interests and skills.
Their upper school decisions are below. We hope you will joining us in congratulating the Class of 2023 on their accomplishments and thanking Upper School Placement Coordinator Kathy Liotta '79 for another successful placement season!
As the school year winds down each year, Calvert world language students in Tenth Age through Eighth Grade perk up to hear the results of their national world language exams. Taken every year ahead of spring, these exams include Le Grand Concours – the National French Contest – The National Spanish Challenge, the National Spanish Exam, and the National Latin Exam, and because world language is a core piece of the School’s curriculum, Calvert students regularly score high.
Last week, the Class of 2024 headed to the Eastern Shore in Maryland for an overnight student leadership retreat and summit. At the summit, Calvert’s Seventh Graders connected with their peers in a beautiful outdoor education setting outside Baltimore and learned more about the concepts of leadership and purpose.
In advisory groups, students participated in a series of workshops, middle school leadership activities, and bonding experiences including outdoor education, a zipline, a climbing wall, and a ropes course. They reflected on their Calvert journey and talked about middle school leadership, specifically how they have been leaders at Calvert through community partnerships and the gifts they bring to the larger community. Throughout the two days, the Seventh Graders had the opportunity to connect with each other and to learn more about their teachers.
Mr. Bennett and Ms. Dennison both took the time to share personal reflections with the whole group about their lives not only as teachers and coaches, but also as individuals in the world. Ms. Liotta was also an important presence, helping remind students that the work they were doing at this summit would lay a strong foundation for next year’s high school placement process.
These conversations were a great starting point for their Eighth Grade year, which includes a thorough journey of self-discovery when they will delve deeper into topics of leadership and purpose while considering where to continue their educational journeys.
In the end, students crafted purpose statements that reflect their individual strengths and the impact they want to have on the world around them. They designed puzzle pieces with their individual statements, which they shared with their classmates at the end of the summit. These puzzle pieces are a visual representation of how each member of the Class of 2024 plays an important role in making the group whole.
Eight Calvert scholars returned victorious yesterday after a weekend (April 29-30) spent at the Maryland Junior Classical League (MDJCL) Convention, where they claimed TWO Certamen championship titles in the novice and intermediate divisions, respectively!
The Alumni Board is pleased to share the Alumni Strategic Plan for 2023-2028. Alumni from across the decades participated in the process through the spring 2022 alumni survey and individual interviews. This four pillar alumni strategic plan is built from the strong network currently in place, with new pillars that embrace the resonance of enduring memories and the excitement of charting the future.
Calvert parent and alumnus B.G. Groff '95 met with the Middle School Investment Club this earlier month. B.G. did a presentation titled “Behavioral Finance: At the Intersection of Investments & Psychology” during which he discussed the foundation of investing as well as the human behavior when making investment decisions. One of his most important lessons for the students was the time value of money.
Sometimes what looks like bad luck can be the best.
As the youngest of three brothers, I had the distinction in early life that whenever we all got sick, l got sickest. I missed so much time in first grade that my parents decided to try schooling me at home, with my mother as teacher. She had taught math in high school, and her inquiries into teaching a sick son soon put her in touch with Calvert’s Home Instruction Program.
Emma Fox '17 has a sharp eye for capturing a moment on film and a keen talent for bringing it to life through writing, not to mention a love for live entertainment. She's found a way to blend her passions into a growing business as a blogger and freelance photographer. VoyageBaltimore magazine recently featured Emma in its Inspiring Stories Series.
Members of the Calvert community gathered at the Luetkemeyer Athletic Center Friday evening for the School’s Banner Society reception. Guests learned about the impact of their generous philanthropic support, honored the late Mr. Richard C. Riggs, Jr. ’51, and were introduced to The Edward W. Brown, Sr. Society.
Congratulations to Lindsay Moore McGettigan '97 who was recently named Senior Vice President, Strategy at Klick, the world's largest independent commercialization partner for life sciences. An experienced marketer and strategist, Lindsay previously held leadership positions at Imre and R2integrated.
Congratulations to Blake Otenasek '17 who accepted a position as a Sales and Marketing Intern with The Bozzuto Group for summer 2023. He will work with the sales and marketing teams at Anthem House in Locust Point.
Blake is currently a sophomore at Wake Forest University.
Thirty-five years after their Calvert graduation, classmates and friends John Greene ’88 and Dyson Dryden ’88 are partners in a new venture, steeplechase racing. The name of their syndicate, Tuscany Racing LLC, pays tribute to their Calvert years spent on Tuscany Road. Less than a month into the 2023 season, Tuscany Racing won its first race at My Lady’s Manor on April 15 with Stolen Shoes (GB). Their horse Monbeg Stream (IRE) won Grand National on Saturday, April 22!
Fifteen members of Calvert’s Class of 2023 traveled to Puerto Rico earlier this month, April 8 to 14, for an experiential leadership journey that focused on conservation, community engagement, and cultural immersion. This invaluable experience, made possible through Calvert’s Institute for Leadership & Purpose (ILP), featured seven days of team-building and exploration that encouraged the students to look outward and think globally, as well as inward to identify and overcome their own hesitancies and fears.
“I think this entire trip has helped us learn the importance of deep experiences, getting to know local people and processing what we learn,” Claire S. ’23 wrote in the student-led trip blog. “We have had the chance to do that this week and we are all grateful for the opportunity.”
Nine Calvert Eighth Graders recently participated in the 13th annual Harvard Certamen, a Latin quiz bowl in which teams compete to answer questions about Latin grammar and literature, classical culture, history, and mythology. The competition was deep, with perennial powerhouses from Boston Latin School, Harriton High School, Philips Exeter Academy, Milton Academy, Brookfield Academy, Roxbury Latin School, Avon Old Farms School, and Hunter College High School among the 27 teams represented.
Author, poet, and Fulbright Scholar Dr. José B. González spoke with Calvert students and teachers about the power of poetry and language last month as this year’s featured guest in the Luke Stone '86 Speaker Series, a valuable learning opportunity for students made possible through the Institute for Leadership & Purpose (ILP).
Mollie Frazier Williams ‘82 is a creator, teacher, connector, and innovator at heart. When the opportunity to lead Innovate Newport came along, Mollie knew it was the perfect fit. “It was like my entire career led up to this,” she said.
Innovate Newport is a non-profit organization launched in partnership between the City of Newport and the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce, and its mission is to foster innovation and entrepreneurship with qualitative programming, and supportive resources for businesses in all phases of development. Through the organization, entrepreneurs gain access to events, programming, resources, networks, mentors, potential investors, and customers.
As Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Mollie supports and fosters the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the greater Newport region to further a vision of establishing an innovation district in the heart of the City of Newport.
Roca founder and CEO Molly Baldwin ‘71 has dedicated her career to breaking down barriers and creating pathways to opportunities for young adults in some of the most challenging urban areas of Massachusetts, Maryland, and Connecticut. Founded in Chelsea, MA in 1988, Roca now has four locations across the state in addition to locations in Baltimore, MD and Hartford, CT.
On Saturday, March 25, members of the Class of 2019 gathered on Calvert's campus for a Senior Lunch. Alumni reconnected with each other and former teachers, toured the new Luetkemeyer Athletic Center, and relived Calvert memories with a showing of their 8th Grade slideshow. The Class of 2019 enjoyed lunch from Koopers Chowhound. Attendees also received Calvert sweatshirts to take with them as they begin their college journeys.
The Elite Eight is set! Congratulations to the Classes of 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1993, 1998, 2008, and 2013. Thank you to reunion classes for your support!
The Final Four announcement will come on Thursday, April 13. Participation will move classes to the next round, so a gift of any amount is appreciated and counts towards the participation percentage.
If you have not already given, please consider making a gift in honor of your reunion, and help your class move to the next round. Your gift will directly support Calvert teachers and students – our future alumni!
"Something that stops me in my tracks, surprises me." That's the type of art that speaks to John Waters '58. John's art collection was on the national stage earlier this month when CBS Sunday Morning aired a feature about his personal collection. He sat down with correspondent Rita Braver to discuss the artwork that inspires him and the journey to building his collection which he bequeathed to the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Parents, teachers, alumni, trustees, and friends attended the Black & Gold Benefit on Saturday, March 4, 2023, and raised a record-breaking $115,000 for Calvert School. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support conference travel, books, and other professional development resources that help faculty continue their learning to benefit our students.
This year, Calvert presents to you The Little Mermaid, Jr. as their annual winter musical. After months of preparation, rehearsing, and meticulously building and decorating sets, the 81 students who participated in the making of this show are now ready to reveal it to you!
Starring two fintastic casts, The Little Mermaid, Jr., directed by Isabel Cooke, will welcome friends and family on Thursday, March 2, and Friday, March 3 for two spectacular evening showings. These performances will take place at 7:00 P.M. in the Lower School Auditorium. We’re excited to SEA you there!
March Madness starts early with the Calvert Reunion Year Giving Challenge! The match-ups are set and the bracket is hot off the press. Which reunion class will take home top-prize for the strongest Calvert Fund participation? Will there be a Cinderella class? Classes with the highest participation percentage will move through to the next round.
The next round of standings will be announced on Thursday, March 23. There's still time for alumni in the challenge to help their class by donating today.
Congratulations to John Williams '17 for being appointed as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst with Davidson Capital Advisors. Davidson Capital Advisors is a boutique investment bank in Charlotte, NC. The firm specializes in M&A transactions with lower middle market companies. After a competitive application process, John was chosen along with two other candidates for summer 2023.
Calvert School Alumni Board member Kiera Caffrey ‘21 is a leader in every sense of the word. A sophomore at St. Timothy’s School, Kiera serves as an admission ambassador and class vice president all while maintaining her position as the top ranked girls’ squash player in the league. Last year, Kiera ran for student government and served as the freshman class president. “At Calvert, students get so used to taking on leadership roles, so I jumped right in last year,” said Kiera.
Daniel Kelly ’16 was named the Big Ten men’s lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week. He had 6 points (4 goals, 2 assists) to help lead #4 University of Maryland to a win over #16 Syracuse on Saturday, February 18. Daniel scored 4 goals in each of Maryland’s last two games.
The Junior attackman won a national championship with the Terps in 2022. Prior to Maryland, Daniel attended Calvert Hall where he won three MIAA "A" conference championships.
Congratulations to Julia Dorsey '15 who received the Athletic Director's Student-Athlete Award for the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill women's lacrosse team. This award recognizes Julia's outstanding academic achievement.
Also a member of the women's soccer team, Julia's work ethic and commitment both on and off the field are remarkable. The UNC athletic department recently featured an interview with Julia on their website and social media. Watch the interview here: Julia Dorsey: Dual Athlete.
Princeton squash player and Calvert alumnus Alastair Cho '15 was recently named to the 2022-2023 Ivy League Squash Academic All-Ivy team! This honor recognizes Alastair's "commitment in the classroom and on the court." Congratulations, Alastair! Learn more about this honor.
Last night, Calvert School hosted two of the top five nationally ranked men’s collegiate squash teams for competitive matches on neutral ground in the Luetkemeyer Athletic Center at Calvert School. This event marked the first major collegiate competition hosted on Calvert School’s campus, where the Luetkemeyer Athletic Center, a premier squash facility, opened this fall.
Students in both divisions took a whirlwind trip around the world earlier this month for International Week, Calvert’s annual celebration of world cultures, language, history, and geography. During their travels, the students made special pitstops in each of this year’s highlighted countries – Canada, Peru, Greece, Pakistan, and Liberia – and spent a day learning about their unique landmarks, populations, and wildlife.
On Monday, January 16, more than 300 members of the Calvert community gathered on campus to participate in this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Community Service, an annual day of remembrance, reflection, and community engagement. Organized by Director of the Institute for Leadership & Purpose Sarah DeCamps and DEI Director Timika Tyson, the day featured a partnership between Calvert School and the non-profit Rise Against Hunger, which aims to end global hunger.
Calvert’s classes of 2025 and 2028 – more than 125 students in total – participated in a unique experiential learning opportunity last month, when these grades traveled to Annapolis to witness the inauguration of Governor Wes Moore, who was elected to office in November 2022. The trip allowed students to view the peaceful transition of power, a facet of American democracy, firsthand, encouraging them to nurture their natural interest in community engagement and purpose-driven leadership.
Twelve members of Calvert’s co-ed A and B squash team participated in the. U.S. Middle School Squash Championships this past weekend, Jan. 27-29, as the only team to represent Maryland. Hosted at the Arlen Specter Center, the home of U.S. Squash, in Philadelphia, the tournament featured three divisions of competition for the boys and two divisions for the girls, with Calvert’s crew competing in Division II across the board.
The Calvert Development Team traveled to New York for a regional alumni event at the Brooklyn Nets and a series of meetings with alumni in the city. Ryan Gisriel ‘05, the Director of Basketball Operations for the Brooklyn Nets, generously hosted alumni at the Barclays Center on Thursday, January 26.
Five Calvert graduates helped lead the McDonogh girls' indoor track team to victory at the 2023 IAAM championship on Friday, January 27. Congratulations to Léla Greene '19, Natalie Little '19, Ella Cooper '20, Elise Cooper '21, and Allie Keffer '22.
Don’t miss these upcoming chances to see Matt Wyskiel ‘81 and Betsey Swingle Hobelmann ‘87 perform around Baltimore with their band Midlife Crisis! In addition to Betsey on vocals and Matt on bass guitar, the band includes Betsey’s brother-in-law Todd Hobelmann on guitar, Toby Bozzuto on keyboards, and past Calvert parent Jim Higgins on drums. Jim’s daughter Piper Higgins ‘21 is a Calvert graduate. Follow Midlife Crisis on Instagram (@midlifecrisis410) for the latest band news.
Sunday mornings look a little different for Jackson Angulo-Bartlett '22 and Toby Rosenband '22 than they do for most of their 9th Grade peers. Jackson and Toby get up bright and early to coach an energetic group of six-year-olds through Fifth Graders in the new Calvert Flag Football League (CFFL). Under the leadership of Lower School physical education teachers Josh Angulo-Bartlett and Phil D'Adamo, the CFFL meets in the Luetkemeyer Athletic Center field house for a full season of games and practices.
Congratulations to Heath Otenasek '17 who recently accepted a Financial Operations position in the National Internship Program with insurance brokerage firm AssuredPartners. Heath is a sophomore at Georgetown University where is pursuing degrees in mathematics and economics.
I was in the graduating class of 1942, a war year, a long time ago.
The sharp recollection is of “5-A,” the 11th Age/Fifth Grade, with Edward G. Huey as teacher - an absolutely remarkable person. He had even written a Fifth Grade science book the year before called What Makes the Wheels Go ‘Round, and it was fascinating.
But, in that school year, he took the entire boys’ class on a steam train field trip, all the way to Philadelphia, to spend a day at the Franklin Institute.
Author Eric Puchner '82 joined the Alumni Book Club on Thursday, January 12 to talk about his path to becoming a writer and the process of creating novels and short stories. Eric's book Model Home was the first selection for this new group. The novel won a 2011 California Book Award and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Award finalist and a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist.
Port Discovery President and CEO Carter Arnot Polakoff '87 hosted Calvert Day at the museum on January 7 where she welcomed 200 students, parents, alumni and friends for a morning of play and exploration. The event included breakfast, a talented stilt walker, and early access to the exhibits. Many thanks to Carter and the rest of the Port Discovery team for their incredible hospitality!
Don't forget: ALL members of the Calvert community — including current parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, friends, and employees — are invited to join us for a night of glitz and glamour on Saturday, March 4! This 1920s "Gatsby-style" evening out will feature delicious food from True Chesapeake Oyster Co., creative drinks, live music, an auction, and so much more. Proceeds from this community-wide fundraiser will provide our teachers with professional development opportunities and the resources they need to continue giving Calvert students an incredible education.
On Saturday, December 17 — just one day after Winter Break began — Middle Schoolers Claire S. '23, Johanna P.' 23, Liam D.' 23, and Esme I. '23 claimed first place in the novice division of the Io Saturnalia Certamen. The team scored an astounding 465 points and won all four matches at the novice level, a feat witnessed by surprise supporter Matt Buck '87.